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MS Am 1345

Davis, William Morris, 1850-1934. William Morris Davis papers, 1869-1931: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1345
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Davis, William Morris, 1850-1934.
Title: William Morris Davis papers,
Date(s): 1869-1931.
Quantity: 1 collection (7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of American geographer and geologist William Morris Davis.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

53M-183. Transferred from the Institute of Geographic Exploration; received: 1954.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

William Morris Davis Papers, 1869-1931 (MS Am 1345). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Davis, an American geographer and geologist, was a world authority on physical geography, a creator of the science of geomorphology, and called the father of physiography. He taught geology at Harvard University (1876-1912), traveled throughout the world, founded the Harvard Travelers Club and the Association of American Geographers, and also contributed to the fields of astronomy and meteorology.


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Contains geological and geographical notebooks with field notes Davis kept on his scientific expeditions all over the world, especially in the United States and Western Europe; drafts of articles and lectures; and drawings that document his career. Also portraits of Davis and biographical material.

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